• Given a choice, would you choose medicine all over again?
    Career and life choices are very personal, but a career in medicine, with its intense training path and less-than-appealing lifestyle is widely regarded in a negative light. Even so, many are willing to move mountains to join the profession.
  • Mesentery "discovery" highlights absence of standardised organ nomenclature
    Last week, news about a "new organ" was on every possible media outlet. But who, or what decides if a chunk of tissue to "graduate" to become an organ? Do we need an official body to determine what an organ is?
  • Bullies of the hospital vs. medical students
    Where is the line between ‘strict teaching methods’ and downright abusing medical students? The often hushed-up topic of supervisor abuse towards students needs to be brought to light for the greater good of medicine.
  • The perks of having a medical student on the healthcare team
    Although medical students do not match doctors in knowledge and in experience, their roles as part of the healthcare team may inadvertently turn out to be beneficial for patient care.
  • Why doctors should be trained to lead hospitals
    Healthcare in the modern era requires excellent leadership from doctors who were once viewed as "heroic lone healers" and ill-prepared for leadership roles. This has recently changed as the best hospitals are physician-led.
  • The human body has a newly-classified organ: the mesentery
    The mesentery has long been described as a structure in the abdominal cavity – but recent research revealed that it is actually an organ, paving way for research to uncover its role and physiological function.
  • Is a work-life balance impossible for doctors?
    Dr. Karen Sibert, an anaesthesiologist, stated that if one was looking for a work-life balance, a job in journalism or professional cooking, or law would be a better option compared to being a doctor. But is a work-life balance unattainable for doctors?
  • The art of empathy to become a better healthcare professional
    A new play about nurse-patient interactions is helping nursing students take a serious look at how they can stay empathetic despite gruelling work schedules and long hours. Can art help improve patient care?
  • A doctor’s dilemma: clash between duty and personal values
    The Hippocratic Oath is a solemn pledge taken by doctors upon being admitted as a fully registered medical practitioner. The oath is taken to be a representation of the ideals of medical practice. However, these ideals may sometimes clash with the personal values held by doctors.
  • The soft skills of medicine can be found in an art gallery
    Can visiting an art gallery teach medical students the soft skills of being a doctor? Medical education is gradually moving towards engaging students with various forms of art as a means to teach something beyond the reach of textbooks.
  • Time to take depression in medical students seriously
    A study sheds new light that depression among medical students is a worldwide problem, and being in a position to seek medical help paradoxically reduces such behaviour – is it time to re-examine the way medical training is conducted?
  • Should you take time off before residency training?
    Upon graduating from medical school, graduates can be broadly sorted into two types. On the one hand, there are those who have a clear-cut plan of what they want to do immediately after graduation. They know what they want to specialise in, where to do their training and so on – having charted their career path and the steps they will take to achieve their desired future.
  • Teaching medical students of the future: High-tech is the way to go
    Call them Generation Y, millennials, or the internet generation if you will – the new generation of medical students are digitally native, which means traditional textbooks and lectures need a reform for more effective teaching in a fast-paced tech-savvy world.